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I've read the first one in that trilogy, and it was surprisingly funny. Really liked it. But yeah, the Wall is ace.

Great Expectorations (James Morrison), Sunday, 12 July 2009 02:31 (fourteen years ago) link

It is a trite statement to make that Sartre's fiction is better at revealing his philosophy than his philosophical works, but I believe it to be true. Nausea is far and away my favourite, as it really encapsulates existential angst (and the reasons why it goes beyond teenage angst), but pretty much all of his fiction is worth a shot.

emil.y, Sunday, 12 July 2009 02:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Long time since I read Sartre's fiction and then only "Nausea" and the Roads to Freedom trilogy. Nausea was far and away my favourite as well. I read it 3 or 4 times, whereas I've never been tempted to reread the trilogy.

Nausea is more poetic, and more tightly constructed than the "Roads" novels, and it's more purely philosophical - the roads novels are more political. Sartre's politic views interest me less than his philosophy, and they benefit less from being presented through imaginative fiction rather than simple argument.

frankiemachine, Sunday, 12 July 2009 12:02 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Thanks everyone - so far I've read Nausea which I liked in parts. Will try The Wall soon enough.

Anyone read Louis Guilloux? Don't think Black Blood is available on translation.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 18 August 2009 20:46 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

A film of the trilogy was made for TV in 1970 (good ol' Beeb!) and gets a re-screen at the BFI today.

Won't be able to go but has anyone seen it?

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 3 October 2010 09:12 (thirteen years ago) link

three years pass...

I picked this up yesterday:

These are bits of fiction that the editors believe slot into Sartre's existentialism - even if many of the stories predates this.

So there are passages from Karamzov, Tolstoy, Musil (The Moosbrugger sketch from MwQ), Proust. What caught my eye was a story by Pavese (called Suicides which I know I'll never come across).

More on the intro later, have yet to finish it.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 4 July 2014 10:59 (nine years ago) link

eight years pass...

The Roads to Freedom is an acclaimed, taboo-busting 1970s drama series based on the novels of Jean-Paul Sartre. Set in 1938's Paris, it looks at the lives of Mathieu, his mistress Marcelle and their friends. Watch tonight on #BBCFour from 10:10pm and after on @BBCiPlayer. #BBC100

— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) July 27, 2022

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 28 July 2022 10:10 (one year ago) link

Can see the inner monologues getting annoying.

In that clip I can see the guy is ashamed to buy sex. Don't know if I need to hear it.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 28 July 2022 10:18 (one year ago) link

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